Fort Ward Park, Bainbridge Island

4.5
#3 of 9 in Parks in Bainbridge Island
Fort Ward Park is a former state park located along Rich Passage on the southern end of Bainbridge Island in Washington. Fort Ward Park is part of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, on land which the former military base, Fort Ward, was located.
Covering 137acre of dense forest and underbrush, it is an area full of beauty. Impressive views of Rich Passage, the Olympic Mountains and varied marine wildlife can be seen at the park. Common activities include boating, fishing, picnicking, jogging, walking and bicycling. Clam digging, bird watching and scuba diving are other favorite activities of park visitors.
Visitor services are available in downtown Bainbridge Island or the nearby city of Poulsbo, Washington. Both cities have various community events throughout the summer months.
In 1903, Fort Ward was officially commissioned as a seacoast fort with the primary objective of protecting the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Two gun batteries are located in the park. During World War II, the navy used the fort as a radio station and training school for communication personnel and installed a submarine net across Rich Passage. In 1958, the navy decommissioned the fort, and State Parks purchased Fort Ward in 1960. Ownership of the Park was transferred to the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District in the Spring of 2011.
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  • Good all year but I love the fall trees and views of my Rainer and the olympics . Great views if you continue on to Toe Jam hill. Flat for easy walking and riding . Love the houses along the way .  more »
  • In all fairness, I only had an hour to kill...and I'm glad I visited, even if it was only for an hour! Take to some time to visit this gem! It's a beautiful, outdoor, fresh air park to enjoy! I starte...  more »
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  • A hidden gem to many tourists. It's got a nice trail for a good two hours of walk. Most recent visit in April 2019. Serene and peaceful during weekday with joggers and walkers. Clean bathroom.
  • Hiking trails, beach access, great scenery. So, pretty average Puget Sound park. Personally I came to see the old batteries, and if you've been to Fort Worden or Fort Casey or one of the other much cooler sites you will be as disappointed as I was. It's unfortunate that someone made the decision to fill them in.

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